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Condo associations try to enforce renter rules

Posted on Sat, Oct 20, 2012 @ 05:36 AM
  
  
  
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I own a beach condo that is 2 years old. There are a total of 11 units, 3 of which rent their unit for at least some part of the summer. Some of of the home owners are not happy with the fact that there are renters and blame every problem on them. The condo association pays to have the common area cleaned once a week during the summer months. At the last homeowners meeting it was suggested that the common area should be cleaned twice a week and the extra cleaning fee should be passed on the the 3 owners that rent. This was voted on and passed. So my questions is this; Can this be enforced? I go to great lengths to screen my renters and make them aware of the condo association rules, I have not had any issues with my renters and do not feel that the extra cleaning fees should be passed on to us.

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Can condo association get FHA approval with over 50% rentals?

Posted on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 07:39 AM
  
  
  

We have a 12 unit condo. Two years ago I spent several months getting FHA approval. Now we are trying to renew. The only changes we have are our updated budget report and two units for sale. The board member working on the renewal told us that we have to allow leasing/renting for up to 50% of the units to qualify. We have never allowed renting (except to immediate family members) unless approved by the board for hardship situations. Is this a new change or is someone misunderstanding something? Apparently, we cannot 'restrict' owners from leasing?

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Can renters attend HOA board meetings?

Posted on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 @ 08:48 AM
  
  
  

A renter attended our board meeting and some board members objected stating only homeowners could attend the meeting. My thoughts are it was a public meeting and should be open to all. Am I right.

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Luxury HOA doesnt want investor's renters in the neighborhood

Posted on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 09:01 AM
  
  
  

I have a home in Amelia Island, FL that I purchased 10+ years ago. We had an investor purchase a home in our subdivision. He was renting it by the week since there were no restrictions on rentals. The neighbors in this upscale neighborhood did not like the renting of the house. They asked and the HOA just passed a new rule, by 80% of the voters in the HOA, that rentals will not be allowed for less than 3 months. Am I bound by this since there were no restrictions when I purchased the home and I did not vote for the change?

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Absentee owners renters causing HOA board problems

Posted on Sun, Feb 05, 2012 @ 10:54 AM
  
  
  
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What would you do? I serve on the board of directors for my condo association. I, and other board members are being harassed by a boyfriend of a tenant of one of the homeowners, who now lives on the East Coast. That homeowner refuses to hire a local management company, but also refuses to remedy the situation. If the tenant says that he is not living there, she believes her. If we say that he is there, is causing damage to the building, is harassing board members, is picking fights with other homeowners, creating situations that cause the association to have to spend more money to remedy, she does nothing. We document every event, but often it's difficult to prove that it's him causing the problem. He's not a tenant, but we have no power to do anything about him. Is bringing a lawsuit against the homeowner our solution?

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Absentee owners renters causing HOA board problems

Posted on Sun, Feb 05, 2012 @ 10:54 AM
  
  
  
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What would you do? I serve on the board of directors for my condo association. I, and other board members are being harassed by a boyfriend of a tenant of one of the homeowners, who now lives on the East Coast. That homeowner refuses to hire a local management company, but also refuses to remedy the situation. If the tenant says that he is not living there, she believes her. If we say that he is there, is causing damage to the building, is harassing board members, is picking fights with other homeowners, creating situations that cause the association to have to spend more money to remedy, she does nothing. We document every event, but often it's difficult to prove that it's him causing the problem. He's not a tenant, but we have no power to do anything about him. Is bringing a lawsuit against the homeowner our solution?

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Small condo association needs funds from deadbeat owners now

Posted on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 08:20 AM
  
  
  

My husband and I own a unit in a two unit association. The other owner (who rents out his unit) has left the handling of the condo association entirely up to us, so I maintain the condo bank account and pay all the bills. Our current shared expenses are water/sewer and homeowners insurance so the monthly fee is only $100. The other unit owner has been delinquent in his payments for years and will only occasionally send a check for a partial payment, usually after I have e-mailed and called him several times. He otherwise never responds to my messages or communicates with us in anyway.

We finally consulted a lawyer about how best to deal with the situation and he recommended we write a letter to the other owner detailing his payment history (or lack thereof) with the current amount owed and a suggested payment schedule of a 3rd of the the total plus the current month's fee for the next 3 months in order to get caught up or enforce the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 183A and direct his tenants to pay rent to the association until his fees were payed in full. Shortly after we sent this letter (by Regular, Certified Mail and E-Mail) we discovered his tenants were moving out and it was too late to get rent from them.

While the other unit owner did send a check for the first installment o f the payment plan we'd provided about a month later, he's yet to pay a single cent since and is now in arrears almost as much as when we sent the letter. The other owner had apparently been trying to sell his unit for several months but it is now off the market and new renters just moved in. However, the renters appear to be buddies with the owner and we're wondering if they'll be reluctant to pay the rent to the association. I just received the invoice for our home owner's insurance and we are about $600 short of the amount in the condo account. Plus a water pipe in our basement looks in serious need of repair and we need to have some shingles replaced on the roof so we really need the money now.

So to sum up: my questions are basically: How do we go about collecting rent from the renters? Do we just show them a copy of the letter and condo docs? What if they don't take it seriously or think we're trying to scam them? Should we just go ahead and file a lien on the other unit? If we end up having to pay out-of-pocket to cover the Home Owner's Insurance and house repairs, is their anyway to guarantee that we'll be reimbursed?

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Does California condo law allow board to charge renter fee to owner?

Posted on Tue, Nov 01, 2011 @ 06:48 AM
  
  
  

Does anyone know condo law in California? We wanted to charge a fee to any owner who rents out his unit but someone has said this is illegal in California. Some of our units are rented to university students. This increases the water use, for one thing, because they have their friends over to take showers and do laundry. They also break the parking, noise and pool use rules which puts a burden on the board to enforce the rules. Any help would be appreciated. I can't find a citation regarding this law. I know several condos do charge fees. Does anyone have any experience with this?

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Condo association rejects owners hardship status to rent unit

Posted on Sun, Oct 30, 2011 @ 06:50 AM
  
  
  
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I am the owner/trustee of my deceased mother's condo in Illinois. I have had it on the market for the past 9 months and have lowered the listing price 5 times to be competitive with the current market. Still no sale. Our bylaws state we cannot rent, but there are two units on the premises that went into foreclosure and the condo association is now renting them - one is occupied and the other is on the rental listing. Why can the condo board rent and I can't? I sent the condo board an email requesting a "hardship exemption" as suggested by the management company - the condo board flatly denied me stating they don't feel it's a hardship - mind you this statement was made without any knowledge on their part of my financial situation. HELP! What, if anything, can I do?

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Does condo association allow renters to live amongst them?

Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 @ 08:03 AM
  
  
  
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Our 11 unit condo building does not allow renters and all owners are current on HOA dues. We just sold a unit at full price 475K for 2K sq ft. Some owners want to allow rental units.  I think there is momentum in that direction I am president of the HOA - my personal feelings are strongly against renters. Our by laws do not permit renters. Your thoughts and views most appreciated. Steve

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